I have wanted to become a doctor since I was really young because I wanted to cure my sister. She is a T-10 paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair since she was four and a half years old, almost five years before I was born. Now that I am older I understand more and know I can't just come up with a cure for my sister, but it doesn't mean I can't help people by becoming a surgeon. Growing up with my mom being really busy and struggling to go to college so she could become a social worker so she could give back to the community, instilled a sense of helping everyone I could. If it meant helping friends through a rough period, my sister after multiple surgeries, like the one she had right before she was eighteen so she wouldn't die, or just helping my mom out after she went back for her Master's Degree in Social Work. Not only do I try to help the people I know but I also volunteer around the community. I volunteered at the 2014 NAMI Walk which helped raise awareness of mental illness to Southern Arizona. Also, I used to volunteer with my high school's interact club. We volunteered at the Tucson Celtic Festival and would walk dogs and spend time with cats at the Pima County Animal Care Center. At my high school we have an annual walk that I volunteer at that is named after a kid with mental illness that died, it is called Richie's Walk and it provides an opportunity for kids throughout the district with mental illness to have a normal day with high schoolers to hang out and do activities. I have investigated many colleges and I believe St. John's University will help me accomplish my dream of becoming a surgeon better than any other college/university. Also, St. John's has a choral program which I love. I have been in choir since I was six years old and they are one of very few colleges you don't have to be a music major to participate in choir. It is a private Catholic university with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. Furthermore, since it is in Queens, New York and I live in Tucson, Arizona I am going to need to live in campus. It was quite a challenge to get accepted but I did! I am going to be receiving 21,000 for tuition because I was awarded the Scholastic Excellence Scholarship, which is the second highest anyone can receive from St. John's. Also, I will be receiving 3,000 dollars from the Hugh Carey Award for housing. Recently I found out I was accepted into the Honors Program. I really appreciate anyone who could donate any amount of money to pay the 16,870 dollars still owed for tuition, and the 15,510 dollars still owed for housing, not including books and fees. Thank you for your time.